As I've slowly migrated & retrofitted the bungalow back to the late 1930s, I've been thinking a great deal about how I would actually have lived back then. I ask because I've really enjoyed the whole experience, and in fact many of the retrofits have been quite beneficial (e.g., not replacing modern appliances, such as the microwave and my popcorn popper, once they've gone kaput.) Yet I can't seem to find any books on the small details of daily life. So I thought I'd ask you fine people. If you imagine a day in the life of a middle-class woman of the late 1930s, what would her ordinary tasks and chores look like? And how far would you go to reproduce them? I'll start off with some of my own morning routines. I have a 1939 repop alarm clock, which I don't need b/c the cats wake me before the crack of dawn; then slip into a 1939 chenille bathrobe I made from an original pattern; brush teeth and so on (I use Pears soap but can't find period correct toothpaste ... !) Then I grind the coffee, though I try to remember to do that at night or ahead of time; percolate or drip it; toast a couple of slices of bread on a flap toaster; maybe boil an egg or cook some oatmeal. The breakfast is mostly cooked in period enamel or granite ware. At this point, how do you cope with your daily hairdo? This always has me in a quandary, because I can't manage pin curls on a regular basis. I usually just shove a couple of combs in, pin up the back or roll it over a rat, and call it a day. Would 1930s / 1940s women have had an easier time of it because of permanents? Or did they roll up their hair every night? Anyway, if you get my drift, how would the rest of your day go? Assume that you live in the mid-century and that you work either at home or out of the house. The question that goes along with that, of course, is how much of the daily life of the era you can or want to reproduce. For example, I'm actually in the process of replacing containers & labels to at least mimic golden era brands, if I can't find ones that are still being produced. I just learned that Ipana toothpaste, for example, is only available in Turkey. Your thoughts?